The White House Press Secretary is known for her evasion and lies. But no one thought she’d sprint out of the room.
And Karine Jean-Pierre cut and run from reporters after being asked this question.
The White House is up against the wall right now.
Biden’s track record on policy, both foreign and domestic, is atrocious.
His mental and physical health is a massive concern with voters across the spectrum.
And his son, Hunter, and him are being investigated for taking bribes in exchange for political influence.
It’s enough to make political veterans squirm in their chairs.
Can you imagine having to defend all of this to the American people and prodding journalists?
Well that’s what the White House Press Secretary does. Or, in this case, she runs out of the room.
Karine Jean-Pierre, White House News Secretary, suddenly stopped Thursday’s news conference after a reporter that Jean-Pierre frequently overlooks begged to be called on.
John Kirby, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, spoke at the news conference discussing President Joe Biden’s reception of Angolan President Joo Lourenço at the White House.
Simon Ateba from Today News Africa interrupted Kirby after trying to ask a question, saying: “It’s so surprising you are receiving an African leader and you don’t take a question from an African journalist.”
Jean-Pierre interjected to let Kirby leave and said, “We can end this briefing if it’s not going to be respectful here.”
Because Ateba kept trying to speak, Jean-Pierre decided to end the press conference right then and there. She refused to answer any questions.
“It’s a shame that @WhiteHouse @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre decided to abruptly end the press briefing rather than take a question from me after a year,” Ateba wrote on X.
“Even when President Biden is hosting an African leader like the President of Angola today, the White House does not take a question from the African journalist in the room.”
“I am highly disappointed and even heartbroken that in the citadel of democracy, and in the most powerful house in the world, I’m being discriminated against for a year for trying to do my job while journalist colleagues remain silent,” he said.
He later said that Jean-Pierre “stormed out to pretend I shut the briefing. Very dishonest.”
BREAKING: Karine Jean-Pierre ends the White House briefing in chaos after refusing to call on an African journalist.
Of course, KJP took zero questions.pic.twitter.com/x7XNjmfNdX
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 1, 2023
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